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How to Reset Windows 10 Local User Password from Login Screen

Forgot your Windows 10 local user/administrator password and got stuck on the login screen, unable to get in? Take it easy! You can easily find ways to reset Windows 10 local account password from the login screen. Here are two ways for your choices.


Option 1: Use the Reset password link on the login screen

When you try to log in to Windows 10 with an incorrect password, an error message appears on the screen: “The password is incorrect. Try again.” Once you click OK below this message, you will see a Reset password link appear below the Password box on the login screen. This link will help you reset Windows 10 local account password.

Reset password link

To use the Reset password link, you need to have a password reset disk which has been created before you forget your password. Connect the disk to the computer, click on the Reset password link and then simply follow the Password Reset Wizard on the login screen to reset your Windows 10 local account password. That’s very easy.

Password reset wizard

Option 2: Use the Ease of Access button on the login screen

Normally, there is an Ease of Access button in the lower right corner of the Windows 10 login screen. We can utilize this button to reset Windows 10 local account password. Here’s how it works.

Step 1: Replace utilman.exe file with cmd.exe file.

1. Boot the computer from a Windows 10 installation media (USB or CD drive).

Tips: How to Boot Computer from USB Drive.

2. When the Windows Setup screen appears, press Shift + F10 to bring up a command prompt window.

3. Run the following two command lines. This will replace the utilman.exe file with cmd.exe file.

  1. move c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe c:\
  2. copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe

4. Run wpeutil reboot and quickly disconnect the installation disk to restart the computer.

replace file

Step 2: Open Command Prompt from Ease of Access button on the login screen.

When you reach Windows 10 login screen, click the Ease of access button. This will open a command prompt if the Step 1 went right.

click Ease of access

Step 3: Reset Windows 10 local account password with command.

In the command prompt that opens on the login screen, you can reset your Windows 10 local account password by running the command: net user user_name new_password. Replace user_name with your user name and replace new_password with the new password you want, for example, net user iSumsoft 2019.

reset password with command on login screen

Step 4: Restore the utilman.exe file.

In order that you can use the utilities under the Ease of access button on Windows 10 login screen, you need to restore the utilman.exe file. To restore the utilman.exe file, you just need to boot the computer from the installation disk again, press Shift + F10 on the Windows Setup screen, and then run the command: copy c:\utilman.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe.

Conclusion: The above are the two ways you can reset Windows 10 local user password from the login screen. As you can see, both of them require you to use a disk. However, if you forgot Windows 10 password and have no disk available, a Windows password recovery tool will be the better choice to reset your Windows 10 password.